UN official calls for critical negotiations between north, south Sudan

08:16, June 01, 2011      

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The prospects for peace consolidation between northern Sudan and Southern Sudan, which are expected to become two separate countries on July 9, will only occur if current negotiations need to be critical, UN Special Representative for Sudan Haile Menkerios said in the United Nations on Tuesday.

Addressing a UN Security Council meeting on Sudan, the Eritrean diplomat stressed that "the responsibility that rests on the leaders of the two sides to reach agreements will provide the foundation for peace and security in Sudan, South Sudan and the region as a whole."

Although some progress has been made in the negotiations regarding some of these issues, lingering disagreements on others, and the worsening of the situation in Abyei threatens a further deterioration of relations that could hamper the establishment of two viable states at peace within and between them, Menkerios said.

The disputed town of Abyei, which is contested by both north and south Sudan, was the scene of renewed violence last week, including looting and burning, following the takeover of the area by Sudanese Government forces.

Deadly clashes have claimed dozens of lives since the start of the year, when a referendum on Abyei's status that was supposed to have been held never took place amid disagreement on voter eligibility. Southern Sudan will formally secede from the rest of the country on July 9 as a result of a separate referendum.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
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